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University of Connecticut College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Linguistics

Valentina Aristodemo | Visiting Student

Published on September, 26 2014 at 8:48am

Valentina Aristodemo | Visiting Student

My name is Valentina Aristodemo, I am originally from Italy and I am enrolled in the Ph.D. program in sign language linguistics at the CNRS Institut Jean-Nicod in Paris.
I obtained my MA in Linguistics at the Ca' Foscari University. For my thesis I worked on articulatory and phonological complexity of handshapes in Italian Sign Language and how proficient theoretical models are in predicting such complexity.
I have also done some work on the syntax of subordination in LIS. Specifically, I worked on center embedding of sentential-like complements in LIS and Wh-extraction out of these structures.
Currently I am interested in semantics of Sign Languages. Specifically, for my Ph.D. project I have started working on gradable adjectives and comparatives in Italian Sign Language. I am particularly interested in understanding how adjectival scales can be (iconically) represented in Sign languages.
I am also an Italian-Italian Sign Language interpreter and I know a little of American Sign Language and French Sign Language.